Irish rugby hero Brian O’Driscoll has signed for BT Sport in the wake of his retirement last month, claiming he's looking to be part of a new teal altogether.
The ex-Leinster centre, 35, has announced his next steps within the game, and will take up a presenting role for the TV channel as they continue to expand their coverage of the game.
O’Driscoll will give his rugby expertise on coverage of the newly formed European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup, whilst also appearing on BT Sport’s weekly rugby show - Rugby Tonight.
He also becomes a BT Sport ambassador.
He will take up this position alongside an already star-studded BT Sport Rugby bench, where he will join a host of big names such as Lawrence Dallaglio, Matt Dawson, Austin Healey, Sarra Elgan, Martin Bayfield and Ben Kay.
The Dublin born rugby ace seems to be relishing this ‘challenge’ and will want to get stuck right in with the Aviva Premiership kicking-off on the 5th September and European Rugby Champions Cup on 17th October.
“I’m excited to be embarking on one of the next steps in my career with BT Sport, it’s a big change for me, but I’m looking forward to the challenge and being involved at the inception of the brand new European tournament at a brand new channel like BT Sport," he said in a press release sent to GiveMeSport.
“I’m joining BT Sport because I’ve been impressed by their new and fresh approach to rugby coverage and I’m looking forward to being a part of their team.”
O’Driscoll joins the BT Sport team after an illustrious career in the sport, where he proved himself to be one of the world’s best. He recently retired after claiming the RaboDirect Pro 12 trophy for a fourth time. He has also gained a staggering 133 Irish Caps and became the highest try scorer of all-time in Irish rugby.
Additionally, he has two Six Nations titles to his name, being the record try scorer in that particular tournament. He went on four British & Irish Lions tours and won three Heineken Cups, to name just a few of his achievements.
Rugby television audiences were been up 40% on the previous season, with fans set to enjoy the start of the new season and a terrific selection of matches from the European club tournaments. Also, the signing of another rugby great in O’Driscoll can only help this figure.
Senior Channel Executive Producer for BT Sport, Grant Best, added: "We’re delighted that he has decided to join BT Sport.’
“In the world of rugby Brian is a legend. We’re delighted that he has decided to join BT Sport as part of the next stage of his career and that he has chosen to join our Rugby presenting team, he brings a huge amount of knowledge and experience which will be invaluable in our coverage of the new European tournaments.”
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